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Be A Good Little Widow - Full Length Play, Comedy

Be A Good Little Widow

Bekah Brunstetter

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573699696

"Delicately satisfying...[Ms. Brunstetter] writes fresh, unfussy dialogue and characters who earn their laughs and emotional moments by honest means." – The New York Times

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Full Length Play


Settings Of Play - A living room.


Interior Set

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral – until her husband dies in a plane crash. Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what's the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow. A sad comedy about loss and longing.


CRITIC'S PICK "[Brunstetter] writes fresh, unfussy dialogue and characters who earn their laughs and emotional moments by honest means. It’s evident that she feels a generous affection for all four people onstage..." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Brunsetter’s script tackles the themes of grief and death in a nuanced, authentic way, focusing on the smaller moments rather than overly dramatic tear-filled ones." Theatre is Easy, Read More 

Be a Good Little Widow premiered at Ars Nova in New York City in May 2011 under the direction of Stephen Brackett.


2m, 2f

MELODY - a young wife, 26
CRAIG - her slightly older husband, 30
BRAD - Craig’s friend and co-worker; Melody’s age
HOPE - mid-50s, Craig’s mother, a widow since ’82
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Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Plays include The Cake (Ojai Playwrights Conference), Going to a Place where you already are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Cutie and Bear ( Roundabout commission) A Long and Happy life (Naked Angels Commission), Be A Good ... view full profile

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Shelby Maticic 1/6/2014 3:36 PM
Catherine Weingarten 4/19/2013 8:43 AM

“Be a Good Little Widow” is a heart breaking sitcom-like play with real potential.  Ms.Brunstetter has made a strong impression in the theater world with her female centered bright play worlds and is one to watch!   This play revolves around Melody, a young and immature woman who just got married to Craig.  Soon after they move to his mother’s preppy town, Craig dies in a plane crash and Melody becomes a widow.  Melody’s character shines the brightest and is a thrilling challenge for any young actress.  My Directing class at college put this play on, and every girl was dying to play Melody.  Melody is so silly, real and delightful.  At points the play can seem underdeveloped and every character beside Melody can feel a little one note.  Craig’s mother is almost out of “Gilmore Girls”, she is very bland and old money.  Her journey is not very clear in the play.  But the true love story of Craig and Melody illuminates the entire play and leaves us with hope.

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